Feb 23, 2017

Register for AFT Higher Ed Conferences in Detroit: April 27-30

The national AFT conference for Higher Ed is being held in downtown Detroit at the end of April. This is a great opportunity for Michigan locals to be able to attend these invigorating and informative national gatherings--please make it a point to join other AFT Higher Ed Members!

Please contact mdilley@aaupaft.org to ask for your AFT Member ID if you do not have access to it.  

Feb 9, 2017

Call for nominations

Nominations for Local Union President, Secretary and Member-at-Large of the AAUP-AFT Local 6075, Wayne State University Chapter, are now being accepted. Click here for the nominations form (Word file attached to the bottom of the web page).

Nominations forms must be submitted to the AAUP-AFT office by the close of the General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.  

Forms may be faxed to 313.577.8159scanned and e-mailed to office@aaupaft.org, or mailed or dropped off to the Union Office, located in the Maccabees Building, 5057 Woodward Avenue, Suite 3301.

Nominations will also be accepted from the floor of the General Membership Meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, 2017from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., in Hilberry B, Student Center Building.

Please note:
  • Nominations require two (2) signed nominators and the signed approval of the nominee;
  • Nominators and nominees must be full dues-paying members of the AAUP-AFT, Local 6075;
  • The General Membership Meeting is open only to Union Members.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Union Office at 313.577.1750.

030817: General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, general membership meeting in the Student Center, Hilberry B, between Noon and 1:30 PM

Jan 27, 2017

1/26/17 ASSC "Everything You Need to Know About Selective-salary"

videorecording is now on YouTube

Three Great Academics on WDET (week one) - January 2017

This week on WDET's Detroit Today:  we get to hear three AAUP-AFT, Local 6075 members talk about current events.  All were really good interviews.  check them out!

Will the Women’s March become a movement?  
(includes Kidada Williams)

Local cultural commentators concerned that Trump’s actions are creating a “culture of fear.”  
(includes Hayg Oshagan)

Objecting to new president’s policies, Detroit archivist aims to help save documents, prevent discrimination.  
(includes Daniel Golodner)

Jan 24, 2017

Wow Worldwide Women's March!

Saturday was a great day!  Here are pictures of AAUP-AFT, Local 6075 folks in Washington D.C., Lansing and Detroit.  These are just the ones we have! Please forward any that you want to include. Over 35 members were out in six locations; Washington D.C., Lansing, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grosse Pointe & Denver! -(see all the numbers & Charlie's email below)

Email mdilley@aaupaft.org to let the Union know you participated in this historic event! 

Charlie's son gets a panorama!

Leisa w/ Marilyn in background

Simone and Dave (who is a retired Detroit Teacher)
Victor, Anne & Ashley 

Mark, Juliann, Tammy & Jackie
Helen w/ Millie from Coalition of Labor Women (CLUW) and
other Union members / Women International Peace & Freedom
League (WILPF) & Unity of Livonia Peace Group in D.C.

Michelle w/ friends in Washington D.C.
Moira in Lansing!

Helen w/ friends & family from the far midwest!
Denise before boarding the bus to D.C.

Great crowd shot from Mike!

Dear Colleagues:

Last week, I sent a message to the Faculty and Academic Staff, to notify them of the March on Saturday morning (January 21st), protesting the deplorable messages of our new President Donald Trump.  It was being planned and coordinated by Professor Sally Roberts, who provides leadership for the admirable organization, Go Girls.  The appeal by Sally to come to the March was first to the supporters of the organization, and thence to kindred spirits.  This program, that focuses on middle school girls, has the mission “to increase the competence and confidence of adolescent girls in the areas of problem solving and scientific thinking, by engaging them in experiences that promote an interest in and build capacity to pursue careers related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).” Go Girls, stands for: “Gaining Options-Girls Investigate Real Life.”

I had some concerns that the March would be poorly attended, and that perhaps notifying our members would help bring a respectable number out for the March.  How wrong I was!  When I came early to the Wayne State campus March site that morning, I was, what the British call, gobsmacked, by the gathering crowd.  There were literally thousands of people there already (photo imbedded in e-mail and also attached).  The crowd in front of the Undergraduate Library swelled to what I believe was something like 6,000 people.  When the March took place, after a brief, uplifting speech by Sally Roberts, it stretched in a continuous line that girdled the campus from Warren and Anthony Wayne, past the Law School, across to Woodward Avenue, and back South to Warren.

I was struck by the number of children in the crowd, often wearing pink hats like their parents.  Many of them will remember the March as their first involvement in political protest.  I listened as one mother explained to her nine-year old son why a woman had a sign calling herself a “Nasty Woman.”  Mother did a fine job; a great teaching moment.

As you know, there were huge marches all over the country, and internationally, in spontaneous coordination with the massive Women’s March on Washington.  I am very pleased for the Union to have played a part in encouraging our members to come to Wayne State’s March.  But the real credit for its organization goes to Sally Roberts and her Go Girls network.  Her network received over 1,000 RSVPs.

Oh, yes, and an ironic thanks to President Trump, for providing the asinine behavior that is galvanizing the opposition of good people behind the movement to protect people’s rights in this country.  We need to build on this first step.  Organize!!!

In Solidarity,


Jan 18, 2017

WSU Sister March Information

Dear Colleagues:

The WSU AAUP-AFT is happy to endorse the Wayne State University Women’s Sister March, scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., at the David Adamany Undergraduate Library.

For those who are unable to go to Washington, D.C., GO-GIRL (Gaining Option: Girls Investigate Real Life) is hosting this event in support of the Women’s March on Washington in the name of justice and equality.  To see their announcement, please click on their Facebook link below:

Since Michelle Fecteau, our Executive Director, will be in Washington, D.C., and Moira Fracassa, the Executive Board’s Secretary will be in Lansing, Tammy Force, the Local Union’s Executive Assistant, and Jacqueline Daugherty (Academic Staff, Labor Studies Center), the Executive Board’s Delegate to the Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO, will be meeting up with our members that morning to participate.

Make sure to wear your pink hats, or “pussy hats” (PussyHatProject.com) if you have one, and come out to show your solidarity with our campus community, and others from our Detroit community.  We will have Union signs available, and provide markers in case you would like to create your own slogans for signs.

At 10:00 a.m., there will be a speaker, followed by a short march.  The event will be wrapping up sometime between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Again, please join all of us for this important March.  Remember, this is not a “Women’s Only” event -- men are welcome, too.